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The gift of a lifetime: how trans 'top surgery' changed my life

Without wishing to state the obvious, I am male. I say this because, less obviously, I am also transgender. Being assigned female at birth in 1986 has been a consistent pain in the arse for me, both figuratively and literally, since I started hormone shots.<p>I realised I was trans in 2010. I was 23. …

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It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist. - Laverne Cox

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Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks, and Laura Prepon accept the Best Comedy Series award for ‘Orange is the New Black’ onstage …

Abominable news: scientists rule out yetis

The yeti, and his shambling hairy cousins the bigfoot, almasty, sasquatch and migyur, may still be out there, high in the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, Rocky Mountains or Urals – but they have escaped a team of scientists who have been testing dozens of samples, all claimed to be genuine chunks of …

J.R.R. Tolkien Reveals TRUE Meaning Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' In Unearthed Audio Recording

Over 20 years ago, a lost recording of J.R.R. Tolkien was discovered in a basement in Rotterdam, but the man who found it kept this important reel-to-reel tape hidden away. Until recently, only he had heard the recording. But now, I am one of those lucky Middle-earth lovers who has listened to this …

Lingerie Shop Humiliates Trans Woman In The Name Of "Privacy"

Designed by Isabelle Rancier.<p>Shopping for bras sucks, are we right? There's the choking scent of Eau de Angel in the air, atrocious fitting-room …

TRANSGENDER — Reading List of Trans YA

Yes, there are other books out there, but these are good books (my own notwithstanding)!<p>A reading list of transgender YA authors and YA about …

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Point 5cc: Expansion into a Full Clothing and Apparel Line

<b>For the last 2 years, Point 5cc has become synonymous with showing pride and support for the transgender (and LGBT) community.</b><p>Some transgender people …

Federal judge declares Idaho's gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Idaho became the latest state Tuesday in which a federal judge declared its ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional, delivering yet another victory for same-sex proponents -- albeit not necessarily a definitive one.<p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale issued her sweeping opinion knocking …

Transgender people shouldn't have to fight for the right to get a new ID | Nancy Goldstein

Laws for updating government-issued ID with accurate gender markers are a patchwork at best – and have far-reaching effects<p>Transgender people – and some of the issues they face – have achieved an unprecedented level of media visibility in the last year, from trans celebrities Janet Mock and Laverne …

From the archive, 9 May 1882: Adventuress sentenced in cross-dressing fraud case

The trial of Mary Jane Furneaux and James Gething for the great personation frauds took place yesterday. Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, who had been bound over to appear as a witness, arrived soon after one o’clock. Furneaux betrayed considerable embarrassment on walking into the dock, and her face …

What are the best LGBT books for children, teenagers and YAs?

There's going to be an be an LGBT focus to all our activity on the site this week, including something for all ages. Here's an overview of what's coming up .<p>We want to say a big thank you to everyone (site members, authors, tweeters) who has recommended books that have changed or added to their …

One in five LGBT students have been bullied or harassed on campus

One in five LGBT students, and a third of trans students, have experienced bullying or harassment on campus, according to new research by the National Union of Students (NUS).<p>The research, based on a survey of over 4,000 students from 80 higher education institutions in the UK, focused on life on …

Alyssa Brugman: Why do I have the right to write about an intersex character?

Why do I have the right to write about an intersex character when I'm not intersex?<p>My latest novel is about an intersex teen, Alex, who has been raised as a boy but now wants to be identified as a girl. I'm often asked how I find an authentic voice for the protagonists in my books, and more so with …

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Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<p>The ruling, handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Tuesday, followed oral arguments on May 5.<p>Earlier Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) filed a preemptive motion asking for an immediate stay if Dale did …

Former Mo. GOP U.S. senator supports statewide LGBT protections

With just days left before the end of Missouri’s legislative session this week, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth has come out in support of the …

On This Matter of Learning to Write

An acquaintance of mine once called to ask advice on a memoir he was writing. He told me he wanted to learn to write for better effect. And he told me something that has been bouncing around in my mind ever since. He stated -- emphatically -- that he didn't want to "read any books."<p>I didn't believe …